The Permanent Representative of the PRC to the European Union made a statement on August 18 saying that Hong Kong is part of China; therefore, the PRC government demands that the European Union not interfere with processes inside Hong Kong.
Respect for international law is a mandatory condition to guarantee China’s sovereignty. The EU must stop interfering with the processes taking place in Hong Kong, i.e. PRC’s internal affairs. This is the only way to maintain the development of the China-EU relations, the presented document says.
The statement was made after the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini’s call on Saturday for the Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint, refrain from violence, and improve the situation.
The PRC Constitution and the Hong Kong Basic Law contain the principle of “One country, two systems.” The government of China has the intention to maintain its commitment to this policy in order to achieve long-term stability and prosperity in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong came under the jurisdiction of the PRC in 1997 in the process of the UK’s decolonization.
In the early July of 2019, an extradition act was proposed, which would allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. This resulted in protests among Hong Kong residents. The act was suspended, but the disorders have not stopped.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency